Franklin Street sits at the northern edge of campus and it is the most famous stretch of pavement in Chapel Hill. Many of the businesses on Franklin Street cater to students.
Students often rush Franklin Street after a win against Duke in basketball. Chapel Hill’s Homegrown Halloween event, which at its peak attracted nearly 32,000 college students from across the state, is held on Franklin Street.
The bakery — which opened in late February — is part of a franchise that has many other locations across the country. This location, however, is the first to open in North Carolina.Read More »
A vigil for peace in Ukraine took place Sunday afternoon, prompted by calls for a global day of action on March 6 to stop the war.Read More »
After two years of a pandemic, UNC students rushed Franklin Street following a victory over Duke on Saturday night.Read More »
“The Shrunken Head is such a tradition for our community,” the Shrunken Head Boutique’s store manager Melissa Pate said.Read More »
1922 is a new grab-and-go style café that sells coffee locally sourced from Carrboro Coffee Roasters and items provided by other businesses in the community.Read More »
Franklin Street has had its fair share of business turnover. Here's a look at five new restaurants that have recently opened.Read More »
After staffing and supply chain issues that persisted once the pandemic began in spring 2020, businesses in downtown Chapel Hill are now bouncing back.Read More »
As a part of UNC Facilities Services' Campus Master Plan, the University has been working with KieranTimberlake, an architectural firm based out of Philadelphia, to design a proposed renovation for Porthole Alley. On Thursday and Friday, the University held several information sessions about the proposed redevelopment of the alleyway, which sits between 134 and 144 E. Franklin Street, connecting UNC’s campus to Franklin Street.Read More »
The Town of Chapel Hill will not be preemptively closing any roads this year for Halloween and has advised against attending the famous Franklin Street Halloween celebration.Read More »
Joshua Schaffer was wandering the streets of Chapel Hill and UNC's campus driving a go-kart dressed as Nintendo's Mario. Students accordingly dubbed him the "Mario Kart Man." Schaffer runs multiple social media accounts where he has amassed a large following — most notably on TikTok where he has over 900,000 followers. Spreading joy is a large theme on both his Instagram and TikTok pages, where he shares videos of his shenanigans. Patrick McPode, Schaffer’s social media manager, said the two are performing the social media gag in different places across the country.Read More »
"UNC has consistently exhibited an unwillingness to put effort into keeping its students safe. For a campus infamous for its sexual assault rate, I am particularly appalled."Read More »
You may have seen him dancing away on Franklin Street, sporting a white shirt, white pants, headphones and a rainbow belt. But he wasn’t always the dancing man on the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets.Read More »
In addition to COVID-19 safety information, Mayor Pam Hemminger writes about new projects as students return to town.Read More »
Moving to a new place is difficult, and finding good places to eat is even harder. To help first-years moving onto campus this fall, here is a list of students' favorite restaurants around town.Read More »